The fifth season of the Indian Premier League throws up more action for its fans on the weekend as two matches will be played on Saturday. Chennai Super Kings will host Kings XI Punjab in the first of the two matches.
Currently third on the points table with nine points, Chennai Super Kings have played eight matches so far. Their last match was abandoned without a ball being bowled due to rain. Prior to that, they had the better of Rajasthan Royals. The team has had its phases with the big names, possessing the ability to turn the game singlehandedly, often struggling for consistency.
Faf du Plessis leads the runs tally with 302 runs that includes three half-centuries. MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina have had mild success only but the fans will be expecting fireworks on home soil. With the ball, picking up wickets has been a problem area with only Doug Bollinger leading with eight wickets.
[[Ravindra Jadeja] has seven wickets, but five of them came in a single match, it remains to be seen how he goes about his bowling. Nuwan Kulasekara has been a welcome arrival to the squad with his economical bowling.
Kings XI Punjab are languishing in eighth spot with only three wins so far. Against Mumbai Indians, they failed to defend a strong total owing to their inability to pick up wickets. Azhar Mahmood was the only bright spot in an otherwise disappointing bowling display.
Parvinder Apanna’s three wickets came at an expensive economy while the other bowlers fail to shine. The team’s troubles have been made more difficult by Adam Gilchrist’s absence due to injury. David Hussey, the stand-in captain, though did a good effort and finally struck some form with a 68-run knock off just 40 balls.
The team needs to win their match against Chennai to keep their hopes of reaching the final four realistically alive.
The match will start at 4.00pm local time.